The incumbent serves as a staff psychologist in the Mental Health Clinic at the Iowa City VA Health Care System (HCS). Duties include providing outpatient psychological services to veterans at the Iowa City VA Medical Center, the Coralville Clinic and other Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) that are part of the Iowa City VA HCS. ***Now accepting applications from individuals who will complete the internship requirement by September 30, 2021.*** This is an OPEN-CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be July 26, 2021. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. The incumbent provides the full spectrum of psychological services including assessment; individual, couples/family and group therapy; and consultation to other programs and disciplines. MHC assessment and treatment services will be provided in both face-to-face and telemental health modalities, and will emphasize evidence-based and best practices approaches. There is an emphasis on providing brief, short-term treatment, that is consistent with a veteran-centered recovery model. Patients may have co-occurring dual diagnosis, including Substance Use Disorder and other mental health diagnoses. Duties include, but are not limited to: Independently provides a full range of psychological services to include psychological assessment, diagnostic, and evidence based treatment services. Provides individual and group interventions to support patients that are coping with health psychology presentations related to mental health diagnoses (e.g., sleep, pain, adherence to medical regimen, adjustment to illness), psychosocial stressors, grief or phase of life difficulties (e.g., discrimination, stress management, coping with loss, transition to civilian life), and mild-moderate-severe mental health presentations. Works with patients to help set SMART therapy goals, and to work toward recovery and discharge from Mental Health Clinic services, or to a lower level of care. Provides cognitive screening to address specific functional and/or cognitive ability questions. Provides consultation about mental health diagnosis and appropriate treatment plans to professionals representing a variety of disciplines, particularly concerning psychiatrically and medically complex patients. Provides education to patients, family members of patients, professional staff and trainees. Engages families of Veterans in empirically supported treatment for caregiver burden. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Relocation Incentive: Approved for highly qualified candidates **This occupational series is eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). Repayment is limited to $10,000 annually, up to $60,000 in lifetime awards. Participants must sign a service agreement and maintain an acceptable level of performance to remain eligible for this program.** **This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more**
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.